Demystifying Nigerian ATM Experience

The ATM in Nigeria has gone from a mysterious machine of very high distrust to a basic essential. Understandably, being at the perceived epicentre of online fraud and Internet scams has made Nigerians exceedingly weary of this machine which spits cash at the punch of just four digits. My personal take though, is that there […]

20 Important African Startups to Watch

Kenya’s huge success with mobile money and the M-Pesa platform has launched Africa into the startup spotlight. But African innovation goes way beyond mobile money. Whether it’s ecommerce in Nigera, price comparison in South Africa or mobile advertising in Tanzania, African startups are not only changing their continent, but the world. 1. Saya – Ghana […]

What’s Your BB PIN?

“What’s your BB pin?” The question is the ultimate social status badge for many young, urban Nigerians. Standing in front of a row of gleaming BlackBerry handsets in a Lagos phone shop, sales assistant Remi Olajuwon explained: “The average Nigerian has a very healthy interest in status and luxury. So if somebody asks for your […]

Nigeria Not On ICT Top Ranking

Information and Communication Technology uptake has continued to grow worldwide, spurred by a steady fall in the price of telephone and broadband Internet services. New figures released on Thursday by the International Telecommunications Union confirmed this. However, the report shows that Nigeria and other countries in Africa need to do more to gain top ranking […]

How To Combat Software Piracy

Recently it came to my attention that my buddy Glen Allsopp had one of his WordPress plugins being “sold” or offered with request of a donation, without his permission. To make matters worse, Glen gives away this plugin for free and no one should have to pay for something when the product’s creator intended this to […]

Perhaps African Leaders Should Avoid Facebook

A new statistical analysis indicates that the more Facebook fans an African politician has, the more likely they are to be forced from power. Statistics can be used to prove anything. In the realm of social media, for instance, they can even be used to predict the career longevity of African leaders. While correlation is […]

I Have a Dream …

The impending Mobile number portability in the Nigerian GSM sector has been welcomed with applause and expectations. This is with the assumption that the industry would become very much competitive, barring any form of cartel formation, that is, if it is not in existence already. Number portability basically means that, say, using a “0809” number […]